National Security Advisor to the President of the United States Jake Sullivan stated that the American leadership sees no immediate way to restore the Black Sea grain initiative and places the blame on Moscow. Sullivan noted that Russia’s responses on this issue have been inconsistent and appear to demonstrate a lack of willingness on Russia’s part to allow grain to flow freely into the world market.
Sullivan stressed that the White House intends continue put pressure on Moscow and encourages other countries to do the same. He also noted that Türkiye and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres are actively involved in efforts to solve the grain supply problem.
Sullivan expressed skepticism about the prospects of a quick return to the deal, saying: “We hope they can get something done, but Russians don’t give us much reason to be optimistic“.